"States aren’t doing enough to support gifted students, especially those from low-income families — that’s the message that the Virginia-based Jack Kent Cooke Foundation sent Tuesday with the release of report cards on state policies for academically talented children."
"The growing national concern about income inequality across much of American society should focus on the sharp and damaging divide within the ranks of low-income working families -- with whites and Asians faring better than other racial and ethnic groups. While minorities make up 40 percent of all working families, they constitute 58 percent of all low […]
"Advocates for working class families packed Gardner Auditorium in the Statehouse on Tuesday to ask a legislative committee to support a proposal to double a tax credit for low-income working families. However, they sat next to advocates for the film industry, who objected to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to pay for the expansion by elim […]
"Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Thursday to fix the 2015 funding deficit, which had disproportionally hurt low-income child care centers. The new law allocates $293 million for early childhood education by taking funding from other services and by cutting government functions 2.25 percent across the board. However, critics say child care centers for lo […]
"Illinois will be expanding efforts to connect low-income job seekers to resources that can help them secure employment. The state is receiving nearly $22 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to test an employment-and-training program."
"While health benefit exchanges have succeeded in signing up very low-income individuals, they struggle to attract middle and higher income members, a new study shows. At the close of open enrollment in 2015, the 37 states that use the federal marketplace had enrolled 76 percent of eligible individuals with incomes from $11,700 to $17,655, but participa […]
"But today, while partisanship is sky high, the two camps are showing surprising signs of a truce. It’s a promising moment for change: Both sides just might agree on measures to help the millions of families that have been caught in the middle of the battle."
"A judge’s recent ruling that the city of Malibu couldn’t count guesthouses toward its state-mandated plan for low-income housing came as something of a shock. Who knew Malibu was even required to think about low-income housing?"
"Members of the shrinking middle class are saving the most for retirement, according to a recent Bankrate survey. A quarter of middle-class households (those earning between $50,000 and $75,000 annually) set aside more than 15 percent of their income, according to a survey that accompanied Bankrate’s March Financial Security Index."